Philippe Myers

Flyers vs. Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

Flyers vs. Hurricanes: Live stream, storylines, game time and more

VOORHEES, N.J. — The Flyers will wrap up the 2018-19 season Saturday night.

There will be no playoff hockey in Philadelphia after the Flyers (37-36-8) host the Hurricanes (45-29-7).

Let's look at the essentials:

When: 7 p.m. ET with Flyers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

• For interim head coach Scott Gordon, Saturday night's game marks his final on-the-job interview.

General manager Chuck Fletcher made it clear Gordon was a candidate for the 2019-20 head coaching position when the club summoned him from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley to take over for Dave Hakstol.

Gordon drove the Flyers into the playoff race but his team has gone 3-9-0 over the last 12 games after it went 18-4-2 in the previous 24. Overall, the Flyers are 25-21-4 under Gordon, who wasn't ready to reflect on the season following Saturday's optional morning skate.

I really don't want to get into that now, I'm just worried about today's game. I'm sure I'll think about it quite a bit once the season's over, but I wouldn't really do it justice if I started talking about it today.

• It was not a big deal when Philippe Myers was loaned to the Phantoms on Friday in conjunction with Mark Friedman's call-up (see story). The 22-year-old Myers got 21 games of NHL experience during a postseason race and can now play five more games with Lehigh Valley before shifting his focus to a full-time role next season.

I think he probably has eliminated some of the doubt that can go into the uncertainty of whether a player is going to be ready, both for himself and for the team.

For him to come up and play under the circumstances that he played in, where we're pushing pretty hard to get into the playoffs and the stakes are high, he acclimated himself quickly and showed that he's capable of playing here.

If we were in a situation where we were playing for the playoffs, he'd still be here.

- Gordon

• If the Flyers (82 points) fail to win Saturday's finale, they will finish with their fewest points in a full season since 2006-07, when they went 22-48-12 for 56 points.

Meanwhile, the Hurricanes have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2009. A victory over the Flyers would at least ensure they don't face the NHL-best Lightning in the first round. A lot can happen.

• Nolan Patrick's season is over as the 20-year-old center will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. The Flyers will once again roll with seven defensemen and 11 forwards.

Projected lineup

Forwards
Oskar Lindblom-Sean Couturier-Claude Giroux
James van Riemsdyk-Corban Knight-Jakub Voracek
Ryan Hartman-Scott Laughton-Travis Konecny
Michael Raffl-Phil Varone

Defensemen
Ivan Provorov-Travis Sanheim
Robert Hagg-Radko Gudas
Shayne Gostisbehere-Samuel Morin
Mark Friedman

Goalies
Carter Hart
Cam Talbot

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Flyers call up Mark Friedman for 2018-19 regular-season finale

Flyers call up Mark Friedman for 2018-19 regular-season finale

While the Flyers' 2018-19 season will come to an end Saturday, the NHL career of Mark Friedman will just begin.

The 2014 third-round draft pick is expected to make his NHL debut at the Wells Fargo Center against the Hurricanes (7 p.m./NBCSP) after being called up Friday from AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley. As a result, Philippe Myers was loaned to the Phantoms.

Friedman, a 23-year-old defenseman, plays a hard and physical game with the ability to draw penalties. He impressed in the preseason and was a plus-4 during the exhibition slate.

With Lehigh Valley this season, Friedman has five goals and 19 assists in 71 games.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder played three years of college hockey at Bowling Green, where he was a plus-21 in 121 games. Friedman brings some offensive potential but his primary focus is competing in his own end.

As for Myers, sending the 22-year-old down is not a big deal. The Phantoms have five games remaining. Myers was rewarded for his progress with a call-up in February. He now has 21 games of NHL exposure and will be ready to push for a full-time role in 2019-20.

Friedman gets his reward with a taste of the NHL before pushing alongside Myers in training camp.

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Morgan Frost, Carter Hart, Joel Farabee, Philippe Myers make ESPN's top-50 NHL prospects list

Morgan Frost, Carter Hart, Joel Farabee, Philippe Myers make ESPN's top-50 NHL prospects list

The Flyers are fighting for their playoff lives with 14 games remaining in 2018-19.

If they can't grab an Eastern Conference wild-card spot and miss the postseason for the third time in the last six seasons, general manager Chuck Fletcher will still like his club's future.

In ESPN's latest NHL prospect rankings by Chris Peters, the Flyers are one of only three teams with four players to make the top-50 list. The Panthers and Senators also feature four prospects on the list, which is compiled of players 24 years old or younger and with fewer than 25 NHL games played this season.

The Flyers' four youngsters on the list are Morgan Frost, Carter Hart, Joel Farabee and Philippe Myers. Hart and Myers are already with the big club and look like they're here to stay, while Frost and Farabee are ascending first-round picks.

Ron Hextall deserves an immense amount of credit for the Flyers earning these distinctions with their prospects. The former general manager tirelessly and strategically restocked the club's farm system.

With that said, let's update you on the four prospects to make ESPN's list, accompanied by their ranking:

13. Morgan Frost

The skinny

The 19-year-old center is tearing up the OHL yet again. After going off for 112 points in 67 regular-season games (and 29 points in 24 playoff contests) last season, the Sault Ste. Marie product is leading the league with 108 points through 57 games in 2018-19 (but was just suspended indefinitely).

Frost dazzles down the middle and plays in all situations. He'll turn pro next season and there's no reason why he won't be shooting for the Flyers.

Quotable

He scored five goals and arguably could have scored seven or eight with the opportunities that he got. But we were also down by two and he really, really maintained the composure of the bench, he continued to play the 200-foot game even when we were up by two or three goals. 

The example he set away from the puck, it's starting to get rewarded with the puck. Pretty special weekend, something we're starting to get used to with Morgan.

- Sault Ste. Marie head coach John Dean in January talking about Frost's five-goal game

23. Carter Hart

The skinny

Since being called up on the same day Dave Hakstol was fired as head coach, the 20-year-old Hart has saved this season from being a completely lost one.

He won NHL Rookie of the Month in January, matched the league record for consecutive victories by a goalie before his 21st birthday at eight and went 11-2-0 with a 2.46 goals-against average and .930 save percentage from Jan. 10 to Feb. 17.

Quotable

I played against him a few times in junior, I obviously knew he was good and highly talked about, but I didn't know he was that good. He's going to be a superstar for a long time, so it's obviously nice to have him on your end.

- Nolan Patrick on Feb. 4

26. Joel Farabee

The skinny

Farabee, the 14th overall pick in last summer's draft, is having a superb freshman season at Boston University with 31 points (13 goals, 18 assists) in 34 games.

The 19-year-old winger has a goal-scoring acumen and could be a quick riser.

Quotable

Joel hides things — we call it deception. So, he's going to shoot the puck, he'll turn his hands real quick and bang and let it go. Or he'll open up for a shot and he'll pass the puck, so he's got a lot of deception. 

A lot of top guys in the league, you wonder why they score or how that pass went through. Well, they're showing hands to the defenseman, to the goalie — the little things that the naked eye doesn't see that they're doing, and Joel is one of those guys. His deception in his game is outstanding.

- Hextall on July 2, 2018

49. Philippe Myers

The skinny

The 22-year-old undrafted defenseman has opened eyes since being called up Feb. 9. Myers is an excellent skater for his 6-foot-5 frame and he has shown great instincts and decision-making through nine games.

Fletcher wanted to see him here and Myers is showing the GM he'll be ready for a full-time gig next season.

Quotable

We stopped so many times and cut back, but he's a unique player, he's a big boy. If you cut back on him or try to burn him wide, you think you have room but he's right there with you.

- Travis Konecny on Sept. 15, 2018, after a drill in training camp

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